University Degree: BA Teaching
I feel fortunate to have grown up in New Zealand. My teaching degree is from Otago University in the South Island, and I have eighteen years of teaching experience. During this time, I have taught students from Year One through to Year Eight. While teaching in New Zealand, I was involved in the Beginning Teacher program as a Tutor Teacher, a role that I enjoy and value. The last thirteen years, I have been teaching internationally. In teaching international, I have gained valuable EAL teaching experience and qualifications. The British School of Guangzhou is my fifth international school across four countries: UAE, Brunei, North Cyprus and China. I am excited about this new chapter in my career and I am looking forward to working with the talented and enthusiastic community of BSG.
While in Brunei, one of the different teams I was part of, was to develop Listening and Speaking Assessment tasks for Lower Primary. During this process, I facilitated regular workshops for local Bruneian teachers, within my cluster area. The last four years in Shanghai, I was involved in the Mathematics PLC. Over this time, the school changed its scheme of work for Mathematics. I was responsible for the Year One curriculum and re-writing the units of work. Part of my role was to deliver ‘Coffee Morning’ workshops for our parents. This was an opportunity to give parents the time to experience what their children do in our daily lessons, as well as to share my love of mathematics and curriculum development.
Being a Kiwi, I enjoy a variety of sports and I am always keen for an adventure involving planes, trains and now scooters. There is something very magical about travelling and walking through crowds where every sight and sound is so removed from what I knew growing up. I am an avid reader and get lost in good historical books about the places I intend on travelling to. The theatre, art galleries, museums and yoga, are a few more of my favourite things.